April 11, 2014
Auburn's Madi Gipson finds the action sliding into second (Lauren Barnard photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Second baseman Emily Carosone looks at Auburn's five-game losing streak and doesn't like what she sees.
"We're better than that. Every game we lost we could have won," she says. "When we play our best defense, have our best hitting, have our best pitching, there's not a team out here that can beat us. Bottom line."
Missouri found a gap in that in the fifth inning Friday when it scored all of its runs in a 4-2 win in a battle of Top 25 teams at Jane B. Moore Field. No. 20 Auburn fell below .500 in the SEC for the first time this season, slipping to 31-10-1 overall and 6-7 in league play. No. 16 Missouri improved to 28-10 overall and 7-6 in the league.
Auburn will try to even the series in a noon game on Fox Sports South.
Carosone said that's when the Tigers can put the frustration of those five losses -- all by one or two runs -- in the rematch.
"We'll keep a positive attitude and forget this loss," she said. "The next game is always the most important. That's when we've got to get our job done."
Auburn had RBIs from Kasey Cooper and Branndi Melero. But Missouri countered with Sami Fagan and Angela Randazzo, who each drove in two runs in the decisive fifth.
"If we catch the ball in the outfield, they don't score any," said Auburn coach Clint Myers.
"We didn't do the things we prepared for. We've got to do a better job. They had four infield hits. We knew their team speed. We've got to go get the ball and make the plays.
"Young teams have to grow and this team needs to mature rapidly."
Auburn, which entered the second half of its SEC season Friday, can still win the weekend series if it beats Missouri at noon Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
"We've got to stop trying and start doing," Myers said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine